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#09-11-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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Kodiak: Assembly and Council Gearing Up for NPFMC Meeting
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT  
Come October Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council representatives will depart for Anchorage to attend the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting. During a joint work session between the borough assembly and city council last Tuesday, Denby Lloyd addressed a few topics on the agenda for the October meeting. Lloyd is a Kodiak fishery advisor and a former member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. “The council is going to have a report of their revamped, or potentially revamped, observer program for the various gulf ground fish fisheries. And this....

Planning Commission grants Trident permit
Last year the EPA and Trident reached an agreement to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations across the state. One aspect of that settlement is that Trident must build a plant to process fish waste in Naknek. It will be expensive, and the first of its kind in Bristol Bay. The Bristol Bay Borough Planning Commission met last week, and now Trident is one step closer to beginning construction on a fishmeal plant: (3:31).....

Bureaucrats Plan to Execute the Beringia Treaty This Month Without Senate Ratification As the Congress Ignores Another Erosion of Its Constitutional Responsibility
Commentary by Dave Harbour
According to our reliable Wikipedia source, "A treaty is an express agreement under international law entered into by actors in international law, namely sovereign states and international organizations.  A treaty may also be known as an international  agreement, protocol, covenant, convention or exchange of letters, among other terms. Regardless of terminology, all of these forms of agreements are, under international law, equally considered treaties and the rules are the same."   Properly following the treaty process is part of America's adherence to the "rule of law". The United States Park Service, an arm of Secretary Ken Salazar's Department of Interior (DOI), is being employed -- along with Secretary Hillary Clinton's State Department -- to create additional use restrictions in the Arctic via an illegal international treaty that Russian and Obama Administration officials may approve as soon as this month....

Where do Alaska lawmakers stand on Law of the Sea treaty?
Amanda Coyne | Sep 10, 2012
Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been for years trying to muster up the Republican side of the 67 senate votes required for ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty. The treaty deals with international waterways, marine boundaries, and access to sub-sea resources in the Arctic Ocean. Democrats are by and large supportive. The problem since the 1980s has been with the GOP. Most recently, Republican senators, emboldened by tea party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint, blocked ratification of the treaty in July, citing sovereignty concerns. And in August, tea party factions in the party managed to insert the following language about the treaty in the national platform: Because of our concern for American sovereignty, domestic management of our fisheries, and our countries long-term energy needs, we have deep reservations about the regulatory, legal, and tax regimes inherent in the Law of the Sea Treaty and congratulate Senate Republicans for blocking its ratification. Not many people read party platforms, but the inclusion of the treaty does send a message to fellow Republicans and does somewhat undermine Murkowski’s efforts. What might help move the treaty along, however, is Alaska’s involvement, said Jeff Pike, a long-time D.C....

Increased sightings of orcas in Arctic Ocean raises questions
Presence of killer whales is unusual, not unprecedented
Associated Press
Published: September 10th, 2012 09:47 PM
Last Modified: September 10th, 2012 09:47 PM
Scientists counting marine mammals off Alaska's Arctic Ocean coast spotted two large groups of killer whales last month, but orca experts are not ready to say the species has increased its numbers in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas......

New Unalaska harbor means no more cannery dock boat shuffle
Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Sep 10, 2012
Unalaska's new boat harbor was praised as long overdue and a big improvement over older facilities, at Saturday's dedication. Crab captain Bill Widing likes a dock where his boat Aleutian Beauty can stay in one place all the time, without the "boat shuffle at cannery docks." Widing praised the convenience of shore power, with electric outlets easily accessible for running the onboard utilities. While city electricity is expensive, it's still cheaper than the alternative of burning 100 gallons of fuel daily for the auxiliary generators, he said. The new facility improves safety, since boats are easier for fishermen to get on and off, with boats always staying level with the dock that floats up and down with the tides, Widing said, compared to climbing 15 feet down a ladder at a fish plant. And minus rafting, there's no....

New shellfish testing program hopes to spot PSP problems early
Naomi Klouda | Homer Tribune | Sep 10, 2012
Whether shellfish harvested from rich clam beds from Ninilchik to Port Graham on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula is safe from various toxins has never been extensively tested before this summer.
 But thanks to a three-year study and $120,000 awarded to the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve (KBRR), shellfish on all the main beaches were tested in July and August and will continue to be the next three years. Terry Thompson, director of KBRR, said the project is significant because for the first time, the data will form a baseline study serving for years to come. So far, so good – tests for paralytic shellfish toxins showed no significant levels in shellfish tested for paralytic shellfish toxins. “Last spring, the (Department of Environmental Conservation) put out a call for proposals looking for three coastal communities to do a baseline study of PSP in recreationally harvested shellfish, because these aren’t tested in Alaska for toxins,” Thompson said. “The DEC will always tell people ‘if you harvest shellfish, you do so at your own risk. To be safe, you need to buy....

Astoria: Visitors flip over fish and fun at Hammond Marina
Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012 10:46 am
For The Daily Astorian
HAMMOND — Blustery and misty – just what commercial fishermen are used to.
Though the weather for the Commercial Fishermen’s Festival at the Hammond Marina wasn’t perfect, it didn’t stop people from coming to Oregon’s northwest corner over the weekend to enjoy fresh seafood, lively competition, and vendors that had everything from artwork to clothing, to fishing supplies and toys. “We actually like the cool weather,” said Kay Ash from Vancouver, Wash. “It makes it seem more authentic somehow. My husband and kids have had a great time and have eaten so much seafood! Yum!” The Festival, in its fifth year, has....

September 10, 2012
NE: Fed probe of NOAA rules due in November
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
The U.S. Commerce Department’s inspector general expects to make public in November a procedural review of how NOAA and its regional fishery management councils make rules governing the fishing industry. The review of procedures that go into the setting rules and regulations for fisheries was undertaken in January at the request of Congressmen John Tierney and Barney Frank, and amid concerns that non-governmental environmental organizations...

Farmed salmon production in Scotland reaches highest level since 2004
Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
Scottish farmed salmon production last year reached its highest level since 2004 at an output of 158,018 tonnes, according to the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2011 released this week. The farmgate value of Scottish farmed salmon was GBP 584.7 million (EUR 731.6 million), representing a year-on-year increase of 5.6 per cent, and the rise in production of 2.5 per cent follows steady climbs over recent years. The survey also found that...